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Help for locating disciplinary literacy resources.


The following list of articles are a result of searching EBSCO's ERIC and Education Full-Text as well as searching educational websites using Google, and searching Google Scholar. Some articles may be geared towards teaching in elementary education but it may be possible to adapt some ideas to the college level.

Here are some examples of the search strategies used to find the following articles:

disciplinary literacy computer science, teaching reading computer science, teaching reading strategies computer science

Chmura, Gail. "Using Reading Strategies to Help Computer Science Students Better Understand Technical Material."
          Using Reading Strategies to Help Computer Science Students Better Understand Technical Material. Web. 15
          May 2015.

  • Full text available on the Internet

Miller, Craig S., and Amber Settle. "When Practice Doesn't Make Perfect: Effects Of Task Goals On Learning
          Computing Concepts." ACM Transactions On Computing Education 11.4 (2011): ERIC. Web. 15 May 2015.

Abstract: Specifying file references for hypertext links is an elementary competence that nevertheless draws upon core computational thinking concepts such as tree traversal and the distinction between relative and absolute references. In this article we explore the learning effects of different instructional strategies in the context of an introductory computing course. Results suggest that asking students to do targeted tasks, albeit supported with working examples, is not the best preparation. Instead, unstructured study of examples produces superior learning. Answering targeted conceptual questions can also yield comparably positive learning but only in qualified contexts. While perhaps unintuitive, these results are consistent with a long line of research on human cognition and learning. We discuss our results in the context of this previous research and recommend effective instructional strategies, which may apply to a broad range of computational concepts.

  • Full text available in ERIC database within EBSCO


Zywica, Jolene and Kimberley Gomez. "Annotating To Support Learning In The Content Areas: Teaching And
          Learning Science." Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 52.2 (2008): 155-164. Education Full Text (H.W.
. Web. 21 May 2015.

Abstract: This article suggests that the use of annotation in literacy education will help students to read more effectively, learn content area topics, and compete in a global market. The article explores ways to correct a students' failure to acquire reading-to-learn skills and describes how classroom teachers can use annotation to help students become better readers, increase their reading scores, and improve their content understanding. Also discussed are the instructional routines found in the Adolescent Literacy Support Project.

  • Full article is available in Education Full Text in EBSCO


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